ray smith

R. The Stream

Practical advice for entrepreneurs.

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How To Supercharge Your Motivation


One of the most powerful ways to overcome obstacles and setbacks is to confront them with overwhelming force, and to keep pushing even when you run up against a wall.

This short, actionable guide will show you how to meet your obstacles head on and keep going until you overcome them.

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Prayer and meditation are my connection to the source of peace. When I am stressed, praying and meditating helps me to stay calm.

When I feel myself getting overwhelmed by responsibilities, I am able to pray as a way to clear my mind and organize my thoughts.

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Effective Selling


A simple, 7-point checklist to help sales professionals win each stage of the selling process.

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Is It Time to Give Up on Your Business Idea

It’s commonly advised that you should never give up. And, that’s great advice, as long as you have a good idea.

There’s nothing wise or admirable about wasting your time, no matter how committed or motivated you might be.

It’s not always easy to tell if a business idea is a good one, but there are some telltale signs that you’re probably on the wrong track.

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Is Minimalism For You?

Many view minimalism as the modern equivalent of living in a cave and eating berries by a fire, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

If you feel like your life is too hectic or lacks meaning, minimalist ideas might help you create a life that’s more centered and enjoyable.

Simplifying your life is a matter of reduction. But, minimalism goes further. It also includes elimination. You’re literally removing things from your life.


It’s something we all desire, though few of us can get motivated and, most importantly, stay motivated, especially when life throws us some setbacks.

Focused Goals

Goal setting can be tricky if you aren’t aware of the guidelines for success. Well-formulated goals are a key element of success.

When goals are worded properly, they can be powerful in their influence on your ability to make positive changes.

How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

While everyone suffers from self-doubt on occasion, someone with Impostor Syndrome feels this way all of the time.

There are many people who feel this way and it’s not limited to any particular demographic. Men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and custodians can all suffer from Impostor Syndrome.

Do you feel like a phony? Do you find it hard to believe that people trust you? Do you regularly feel self-doubt, regardless of how much success you achieve? If so, you’re in the right place.

By learning to manage your Impostor Syndrome, you can begin to see your full value and reach your ultimate potential. ​Your confidence will soar when you gain the necessary skills to deal with your self-doubt effectively.